Last month, PGA members enjoyed our annual PGA Dodger Day at Dodger Stadium. The 57 PGA members in attendance sat in what was formerly known as the "Mannywood” section next to the Dodger Bullpen and each received a complimentary "I Sat In Mannywood” T-Shirt (in English or Spanish!) Unfortunately, with Manny Ramirez on the disabled list, and subsequently traded to the White Sox, maybe it should be called "Podsednik Place” after our new left fielder Scott Podsednik.
The PGA members were treated to a pitchers’ duel between two veteran 35 year-old pitchers: Hiroki Kuroda for the Dodgers, and Livan Hernandez for the Washington Nationals. Before most of the PGA had taken their seats, Kuroda had given up a two-run home run to Ryan Zimmerman in the top of the 1st inning that put the Nationals up 2-0. Kuroda settled down and pitched a gem, retiring the next 17 batters he faced to keep the Dodgers in the game.
In the bottom of the 4th inning, Ryan Theriot singled. Andre Ethier then doubled and James Loney walked, which loaded the bases. Matt Kemp came to the plate and nearly hit a grand slam home run, but was robbed by Nationals right fielder Michael Morse with a leaping catch at the top of the wall. Theriot tagged up and scored from third base. Morse threw the ball to second baseman Adam Kennedy, who threw the ball to first base to try to catch Loney off the bag. Unfortunately, Washington had left first base unmanned. As the ball went into foul territory, Ethier ran home to score and get the Dodgers even at 2-2.
Kuroda left the game after 7 innings. Hong-Chih Kuo pitched a scoreless 8th inning and Jonathan Broxton pitched scoreless 9th and 10th innings to help set up some extra inning Dodger heroics. With the score still tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th, Ronnie Belliard walked to start the inning. Podsednik singled to put runners on first and third. Ethier was then walked to intentionally load the bases. Loney came to the plate to face Washington reliever Scott Burnett, and slapped the ball into right field to score Belliard from third with a walk off single and a 3-2 win for the Dodgers.
PGA members who arrived early got autographs from some of the Dodger relief pitchers Jeff Weaver, Ramon Troncoso, Kenley Jansen, and Hong-Chih Kuo, who were signing autographs at the bullpen fence next to our seats. This event was planned by the PGA Events Committee, which encourages PGA members to get involved and suggest future events. See you next year at Dodger Stadium!